Homages to Miami’s tropical landscape
Three artists' projects inspired by nature
By Nicole Swengley. From Art Basel Miami Beach daily edition
Published online: 04 December 2013
R20th Century Presents Hugo França
A specially designed presentation with an indoors-outdoors theme embraces large-scale work by Hugo França (Machacos Sculpture, 2007, above) within the fabric of R20th Century’s booth at Design Miami. The unique pieces on display include Calunga, a curvaceous timber chaise, and Sapoti, a chunky, circular coffee table resembling a tree stump. Cabriuna, a monumental seating sculpture more than six feet tall, gives those who sit in it the feeling of being contained with the tree itself—an experience typical of França’s best work. Each piece is hand-crafted from pequi wood (prices from $60,000 to $130,000).
Guilherme Torres installation
Commissioning an immersive installation by the award-winning Brazilian architect Guilherme Torres was an inspired move by Swarovski Crystal Palace in its sixth year as Design Miami’s main sponsor. Torres’s São Paulo-based Studio GT is known for innovative built projects characterised by suspended volumes, spare lines and sustainability. His Mangue Groove installation pays homage to endangered Brazilian mangrove forests. Visitors walk along reclaimed-wood pathways among crystal-filled synthetic tubes lit by LEDs and positioned around a shallow pool. “Mathematics is part of my creative process—nature and science fascinate me,” Torres says.
Walter Lamb Outdoor Furniture at Mark McDonald
In the mid-1940s, Walter Lamb began to experiment with surplus and reclaimed bronze and copper tubing from the US navy, including salvaged materials from ships sunk in Pearl Harbor (Outdoor Rocker, 1950, below). Lamb’s weather-resistant designs captured the public imagination, and the Pasadena-based furniture manufacturer Brown Jordan continued to produce them into the 1950s. Mark McDonald, a gallery based in Hudson, New York, presents a range of Lamb’s work at its booth at Design Miami, including dining sets (priced from $10,000 to $15,000), lounge chairs and rockers ($5,000 to $10,000) and chaise longues ($5,000 to $10,000).
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